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GS-0486-07/09 Wildlife Biologist PFT

US Forest Service
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Full Time
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Job Description:

The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, located in east-central Arizona, will soon be filling a Wildlife Biologist (GS-0486-7/9) located at the Springerville Ranger District in Springerville, Arizona.  This position offers a challenging career opportunity for an individual seeking experience on a busy and complex district.  Interested applicants should respond through the outreach database at the following link OUTREACH DATABASE or by completing the Outreach Response Form below.

ABOUT THIS POSITION:      The incumbent will serve as a professional wildlife biologist in the administration of wildlife habitat and related coordination with other resources. Incumbent provides guidance and assistance for the protection, management, and improvement of wildlife habitat within the framework of multiple-use management of forest and range lands. While the majority of work will occur on the district, the position supports the Apache Forest zone (including Alpine RD) and the Forest-wide Wildlife, Fish, and Rare Plants (WFRP) Program. The incumbent will need field experience, excellent interpersonal skills, commitment to teamwork, knowledge of wildlife management, a willingness to collaborate and engage in partnerships, and strong written and oral communication skills. Other skills, such as GIS, GPS, and upward reporting into databases such as WIT and NRM are strongly desired.

Major Duties:

Primary duties will include but not necessarily limited to:

  • Gathering, compiling, and analyzing data, to make recommendations and decisions affecting wildlife species and their habitat;
  • Coordinating, completing, and reporting for scheduled Northern Goshawk, Southwestern Willow Flycatcher, Mexican Spotted Owl, Chiricahua leopard frog, and New Mexico meadow jumping mouse surveys, including communicating with partners and contractors;
  • Inventorying and monitoring habitat;
  • Installing wildlife/range water developments;
  • Coordinating on a regular basis across all unit resources as well as with other biologists in the WFRP program;
  • Providing technical advice and leadership for the seasonal wildlife crew; 
  • Working closely with state and federal agencies and various partners to accomplish objectives of the forest;
  • Participate in a variety of NEPA planning projects that require wildlife input for the development, design, analysis, and determination of project consistency with FS policy and regulation; 
  • Utilizing strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively both independently and in a team environment.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:  Those who are interested in these opportunities must meet the federal Office of Personnel Management classification requirements for the Wildlife Biologist GS-0486 job series.   Qualifications are covered in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook. These standards are available on the Internet at


About the Southwestern Region:  The Southwestern Region consists of 20.6 million acres.  There are six national forests in Arizona, five national forests and national grassland in New Mexico, Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle.  The Southwestern US is one of the most diverse and rapidly growing regions of the country.  The Region’s programs represent the full complexity of resource management in the Forest Service, with an emphasis on customer service, partnerships, and contributing to the Southwestern quality of life.


About the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests: The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests are some of the most diverse in the Southwestern Region, encompassing about 2.5 million acres including an extensive amount of the Mogollon Rim and the White Mountains.  The Forests stretch from Leonard Canyon south of Winslow, Arizona to the New Mexico state line, then south of Springerville, Arizona to Clifton, Arizona.  The landscape varies from high desert to above timberline with the terrain being widely varied.  The Forests' elevations range from approximately 3,500 feet on the Clifton Ranger District to over 11,000 feet on the Mount Baldy Wilderness.  The Mogollon Rim, a fault line rising 2,000 feet in some areas, runs through the Forests and is the southern boundary for much of the Sitgreaves National Forest.  Water is a major attraction with 24 lakes and reservoirs and more than 400 miles of rivers and streams - more than can be found in any other southwestern forest.  The Forests supply timber, wildlife, grazing and tourism which help support local communities.


Vision of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests

  • We believe in the diversity of natural resources, the long-term view, and multiple uses.
  • We effectively manage for resiliency across the landscape.
  • We ensure the perpetuation of a broad range of diverse habitats, exceptional recreation opportunities, functioning watersheds, robust rangelands, and a balanced flow of forest resources for future generations.
  • We integrate community values and protection into all aspects of forest management.
  • Our employees are appreciated individually for their contributions, and embrace safety as a core value.
  • We embrace diversity and a collaborative approach with each other and the public.
  • Our work is efficient, innovative, and adaptive.


Community Information:  Springerville is located in East-Central Arizona on U.S. 60 and State Highways 180-191, approximately 220 miles Northeast of Phoenix and sits at an elevation of 7,000 feet.  The towns of Springerville and Eagar make up the area referred to as Round Valley.  The greater Springerville-Eagar population is approximately 6500 residents. The area is a haven for recreational enthusiasts in Arizona and New Mexico due to the proximity of a wealth of outdoor recreation year round, ranging from hunting and fishing to winter skiing.  The “four seasons” attract many tourists which help support an economy based on ranching and timber. 


The community offers a range of facilities to its residents, including a library, museum, and numerous athletic facilities.  Sunrise Ski area, located on the White Mountain Apache Reservation is 30 minutes away.  Springerville is also home to Casa Malpais, a nationally recognized archeological ruin.  The Northeastern Arizona area is a premiere hunting location offering a variety of opportunities for sportsmen. 


There are two supermarkets and a variety of convenience stores located in Round Valley.  There is one drug store, automotive parts stores, and several specialty stores.  Shopping in Show Low 45 miles away includes Walmart, K-Mart, Home Depot, Lowes, larger grocery stores, clothing and shoe stores, and many other specialty stores.  There are two banks located in Eagar and there are several motels.  Major airports are a three to four hour trip away, either in Albuquerque, NM or Phoenix, AZ.  Show Low has a small airport with daily service to the Phoenix area.


Additional Community Information:    


Outreach Announcement:  Please include in your response to the outreach if you are eligible to be hired under any of the following authorities:



Veterans Readjustment

Disabled Veteran with 30% Compensable Disability

Verteran’s Employement Opportunities Act of 1998

Person with Disabilities

Former Peach Corps Volunteer

Pathways (former Student Career Experience)


How to Apply:

Anyone interested in further information about the position, please contact Valerie Horncastle, District Wildlife Biologist, at (928) 333-6234 or via email at


For additional information:  Valerie Horncastle, District Wildlife Biologist at 928-333-6234.  Please return your completed outreach form and resume by COB July 18, 2018 to Valerie Horncastle by email at